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Alfredo Catalani is best known today for his opera La Wally, but he also experimented with a number of orchestral works, including three symphonies. Ero e Leandro, Catalani’s last orchestral work, evokes the dramatic tragedy of the Greek mythological lovers Hero and Leander who lived on either side of the Hellespont (the modern Dardanelles). The brief Scherzo is a sparkling piece while the Andantino is noteworthy for its fluid melodic line. The bel canto lyricism of Contemplazione contrasts with Il Mattino, a single-movement Romantic symphony divided into several clearly distinguishable sections.
Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro
Ero e Leandro
Alfredo Catalani: Scherzo in A Major
Scherzo in A Major
Alfredo Catalani: Andantino in A Major
Andantino in A Major
Alfredo Catalani: Contemplazione
Alfredo Catalani: Il mattino, "Sinfonia romantica"